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Lenten Rose

Helleborus orientalis

This handsome garden perennial is native to Asia Minor, Greece, and Turkey. Although it was possibly the tall, reddish-flowered Hellebore described by Philip Miller in his Gardeners Dictionary of 1754, the Lenten Rose was not commonly cultivated until the early 19th century. Hellebore is an ancient term for a plant supposed to cure insanity. Like Christmas Rose (H. niger), Lenten Rose is an extremely long-lived plant when well situated.

A hardy, late-winter to early-spring flowering perennial, Lenten Rose displays greenish-white flowers marked with red or dark purple on 12 to 18-inch stalks above previous season's foliage.  Its handsome, leathery leaves form a large mound in the garden up to 2-feet across.  It prefers light shade and limestone-rich garden loam and can be divided in fall.

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Growth Type: 
Perennial
Color(s): 
White
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
East Front
Planting Conditions: 
Shade
Blooming History: 
February 21, 2002 to May 6, 2002March 7, 2003 to April 22, 2003February 13, 2004 to April 23, 2004February 9, 2005 to April 26, 2005March 1, 2006 to April 28, 2006February 16, 2007 to April 6, 2007February 11, 2008 to June 24, 2008February 23, 2009 to May 11, 2009March 13, 2010 to June 9, 2010February 8, 2011 to May 22, 2011March 9, 2012 to June 22, 2012February 25, 2013 to July 16, 2013February 24, 2014 to June 15, 2014March 2, 2015 to July 14, 2015February 26, 2016 to June 17, 2016February 1, 2017 to June 23, 2017February 14, 2018 to June 22, 2018March 4, 2019

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